By Scott Richards
A service was held at Jericho Baptist Church on Jericho Road Saturday to dedicate an Adopt-a-Highway Sign in the memory of the late Rev. Glen Leverette, Sr., who served as pastor of the church from February 1990 to November 2012.
The service, put on by the youth of the church with the help of youth leaders Renata Keys-Beasley and Katina Hopson, portrayed Rev. Leverette’s advocacy for youth and his concern for their spiritual integrity.
Leverette retired from Caroline County Public Schools, where for 19 years he taught special education at Bowling Green Elementary School, Caroline Middle School, and Caroline High School after serving in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. He retired from the military with the rank of captain.
Rev. Reginald Bryant, who is at present the pastor at Jericho Baptist, opened the service with remarks of how Leverette would often advise young people “to take pride in themselves and in the community, … (and) to be prepared to serve.”
The youth choir, the Possibility Kids, gave a stirring rendition of the gospel favorite, “Oh Happy Day.”
Jamal Moore, a 2014 graduate of Caroline High School, spoke of his relationship with his late pastor and the pain he encountered at his passing and the healing he experienced after his time of mourning. Moore said the sign to be dedicated was not merely a memory of who Rev. Leverette was, but what he taught.
Dion Scott, Leverette’s daughter, spoke of her late father’s love for all of the congregation, stating his happiest times came from worshipping God with the people at Jericho. Scott appealed to the youth to find God in the times they go through.
At the conclusion of the service, the congregation, singing, walked on Jericho Road to the location of the sign across from the Carmel School. After a dedication prayer by Bryant, 23 balloons, one for each year of service by Rev. Leverette, were released as the participants sang a hallelujah chorus and began walking back to the church.
Bryant noted after the dedication what a wonderful group of people went to Jericho Baptist. The obvious warmth and openness as they greeted one another and even those who were not a regular part of their church community demonstrated Bryant’s comment.